Dr. Bao’s Lawsuit To Expose Biases Against Trayvon Martin

(Cross posted from Blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com)

Willie Gary

Attorney Willie E. Gary

Attorney Willie E. Gary has quite a reputation. He has won over 150 cases valued in excess of $1 million each. Attorney Gary has been featured in Ebony Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Black Americans.” Forbes magazine has listed him as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys in the U.S.”

Now, attorney Gary is representing Dr. Shiping Bao, the assistant medical examiner who performed Trayvon Martin’s autopsy.

Dr. Bao was one of the most controversial prosecution witnesses because of his conflicting testimony.

In a letter dated August 23, 2013, Dr. Bao was given 30 days to find employment at another office or resign. He declined to resign. Volusia County released a letter on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, stating that Dr. Shiping Bao was fired from his position as an associate medical examiner last week. Spokesman Dave Byron declined to give a reason, citing county standard personnel practices.

Dr. Shiping Bao

Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Shiping Bao

Dr. Bao began his employment with Volusia County in July 2011 and made an annual salary of $175,950.

During George Zimmerman’s trial, Bao changed his original opinion about how long Martin lived after being shot. Bao said he had changed his opinion three weeks before the trial based on another case that was similar to Martin’s. Bao also changed his opinion about the effect of the small amount of THC, the active ingredient of marijuana, found in Trayvon’s body. Now, Dr. Bao is ready to tell why his testimony brought shame upon the prosecution.

According to WFTV news, attorney Gary stated that Dr. Bao claims that the medical examiner, state attorney’s office, and Sanford Police Department were all biased against Martin. “He says their general attitude was that he got what he deserved,” Attorney Willie Gary told Channel 9.

Attorney Gary said Dr. Bao was made to be a scapegoat and was wrongfully fired from the medical examiner’s office. He said his client was prepared to offer proof that Martin was not the aggressor.

“He wanted a question that would have allowed him to explain to the jury with scientific evidence how there was no way Trayvon Martin could have been on top of George Zimmerman,” Gary said.

“He was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things,'” Gary said.

Hearing that the Sanford Police Department was biased against Trayvon Martin is no surprise. At George Zimmerman’s trial, questions were raised about how Trayvon Martin’s clothing was not dried out and was maintained in plastic rather than paper bags. The defense argued that might have degraded DNA evidence on Trayvon’s clothing. Although there was no testimony that DNA on Trayvon’s clothing was degraded, the defense took advantage of the negligence of the Sanford Police Department’s and Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s staff to raise doubt.

Before his arrest, George Zimmerman was monitored by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement regarding his safety. It should come as no surprise therefore, that George Zimmerman would attempt to speak with State’s Attorney Angela Corey before she announced the results of her investigation. George Zimmerman apparently felt comfortable and favored by the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement.

Additionally, there were serious inconsistencies in George Zimmerman’s statements to Detective (now patrol officer) Serino and Doris Singleton. Without question, they allowed George Zimmerman to change relevant portions of his story. For example, Zimmerman repeatedly claimed that he was knocked down by a punch in the nose at the “T.” When conducting an re-enactment however, Zimmerman realized that Trayvon’s body was found about 40 ft south of the “T” and changed his story to stumbling after being hit in the nose.

Detectives never asked Zimmerman when, why and how he dropped his key chain flashlight, nor his tactical flashlight. Zimmerman omitted any mention of when he dropped those items, and detectives did not bother to ask him.  Although Zimmerman never stated where, why and how he dropped the key chain flashlight, his attorneys would testify for him, without objection from the State, that the location of the key chain flashlight confirmed that the altercation began at the “T”.

Another relevant omission is that Zimmerman failed in total to mention that a witness, Jonathan Manalo, took a photo of his head before the first cop arrived.  Zimmerman’s story was a flow from getting off Trayvon’s back, to seeing the flashlight of the arriving cop.

At the crime scene, police did not instruct EMT’s to retain materials they used to clean dried blood off Zimmerman’s head. Testimony at trial by Anthony Gorgone revealed that stains indicating the presence of blood tested positive for DNA. The mixtures of DNA ruled out Trayvon, and were found on Zimmerman’s jacket. Trayvon’s DNA was also found on Zimmerman’s right jacket’s cuff and right upper shoulder.

While the prosecution did not ask Dr. Bao a question allowing him to explain to the jury with scientific evidence that there was no way Trayvon Martin could have been on top of George Zimmerman, prosecutors did demonstrate that Zimmerman could not have drawn his gun with Trayvon straddle him. Even Adam Pollock, owner of Kokopelli’s Gym, testified that Zimmerman could not hold Trayvon’s arm (as Zimmerman stated), and shot his gun while on his back.

A major concern of those anticipating justice for Trayvon, is why prosecutors did not object to the seating of Juror B37 on the jury. It was Juror B37 who during voir dire, called peaceful protests “riots.” The protests called for the arrest of George Zimmerman. After the verdict, Juror B37’s now former literary agent released a statement saying that the jury voted not guilty “…due to the manner in which [George Zimmerman] was arrested.”

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27 Responses to Dr. Bao’s Lawsuit To Expose Biases Against Trayvon Martin

  1. Zimmerman prosecutor Angela Corey now under state investigation


    OCALA, Fla., September 17, 2013 — George Zimmerman’s highly controversial prosecutor, Angela Corey, is now under state investigation for firing Ben Kruidbos, the Jacksonville Times-Union reports.

    “Kruidbos received a letter from the Florida Commission on Ethics earlier this week saying the investigation was occurring,” the T-U’s Larry Hannan wrote last week. “Investigator Specialist Kathleen Mann, who sent the letter, declined to comment on the investigation when contacted by the Times-Union on Friday.”

    Kruidbos was the information technology director in Corey’s office until earlier this summer.

  2. Zimmerman trial medical examiner: Prosecutors, police threw the case

    Bao cited other things he called atypical of a homicide case, including the investigator from the medical examiner’s office failing to bag Trayvon Martin’s hands at the crime scene, to preserve any evidence under his fingernails, and police at the scene failing to take photos of Martin’s or Zimmerman’s injuries.

    “Those photos of Zimmerman’s injuries were taken by his friend,” he said, referring to the neighbor who took cellphone pictures of Zimmerman’s bloody nose and the scratches on the back of his head. “And they didn’t take toxicology on Zimmerman to determine if he was on drugs. Nobody did it,” Bao added.

    “In every homicide case, any suspect should be photographed for the injury and also drug test on urine should be done,” but that in the case of Martin, “They don’t care. They don’t think it’s worthy of trial. This case is over. The black kid’s on the ground, it’s over.” And Bao told theGrio that long after that autopsy, as the trial drew closer, he would overhear various Sanford police officers who came to the medical examiner’s office for unrelated cases, make similarly disparaging comments about Martin and about the case.

    The Sanford Police Department declined comment regarding these latest allegations by Bao

    A failure to ask the right questions?

    Bao says he was never given the opportunity to share his full conclusions about Martin’s death with the jury in the Zimmerman case, because prosecutors didn’t ask basic questions of him when he was on the stand, including whether he believed it was possible for Trayvon Martin to have been on top of Zimmerman at the time he was shot.

    “The state attorney just clearly disregarded a number of points he wanted to make that could have made the difference [in the outcome of the trial] and he feels strongly about that,” Gary said. “After his testimony initially, when the defense took the position that Trayvon Martin was on top of [Zimmerman], he asked the question about rebuttal and told [prosecutors] that’s not true. He told them, ‘I can absolutely prove that.’” But Gary said prosecutors declined to attempt a rebuttal of the defense team’s cross-examination of Bao.

    Bao says he believes based on his experience and autopsies he has performed in similar cases, that Martin might have lived for “one to ten minutes” after he was shot and that he would have been in pain. But Gary says that when Bao tried to raise these points with the prosecution team, “the attitude was, ‘why are you doing this? Are you working for Trayvon?’ He said, ‘I’m not working for Trayvon Martin, I’m just trying to get to the truth.’ But their attitude was that you are working for Trayvon.”

    Bao is not the first to question the actions of the Duval County prosecutors who have been widely panned for their performance in the Zimmerman trial, or even the first to question whether they threw the case. But he is the first person directly connected with the case to do so.

    It’s so crushing/ shocking/stunning to actually read it in print. There’s no such thing as equal justice. We’re on our own. **weeps**

  3. I don’t want to hear NOTHING Angela Corey has to say. I hope Willie Gary SUE them to the knees!

  4. ALL of those online petitions calling for an investigation into jury tampering were ignored by Angela Corey. Hell Juror B37 went public and admitted she considered information stricken from the record to come to her decision and all we heard was the deafening silence from State prosecutors. It’s fking criminal what they did.

  5. Yahtc says:

    Published on Aug 27, 2013
    “Tired” is dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin and the continued efforts for justice and national healing. “Tired” features vocal performances by Terrilyn Pettus, Lazareous “Lil L” Pettus and Keortany Smith and the Lotus Flower Bomb sample by Wale. “Tired” written by Tiffany Pettus and Eric Bell. For Trayvon, Forever.

  6. They had no intention of fully prosecuting the case. Just arrested GZ to appease the black folks. It’s so clear now! My blood is boiling!

  7. The state prosecutor’s office called Dr. Bao’s allegations unconscionable.



  8. Why did they deceive us? I ignored the red flag when Angela Corey praised Sanford Police for doing a good job in her first press conference following Zimmerman’s arrest. How could you, Angela Corey?

    • Xena says:

      @SG2. I too ignored the red flag — thought maybe she was dancing to a tune to avoid the feds from investigating the SPD. Then too, I thought maybe she was making an excuse for the delay in arresting Zimmerman. FDLE performed no tests until after Scott appointed Corey, so the SPD and Wolfinger were not looking for evidence proving Zimmerman a liar. Rather, they were making excuses for believing his lies.

  9. roderick2012 says:

    Bao is no different than Juror B29. He went along to get along and now that he’s being thrown under the bus he wants to tell what really happened.

    We knew someone had gotten to him because his testimony made no sense. How in the hell could a professional change his opinion about one case based upon a completely different case which had different circumstances and no it is not a revelation that the majority of LEOs in this case believed that Trayvon got what he deserved.

    Well f*ck you and the horse you rode in on.

    Even Bernie’s smartass remark about doing the best you can with the witnesses you have exposed what he really thought about Rachel Jeantel and the case he was prosecuting.

    Everyone complicit making Trayvon the aggressor and in Piglet’s acquittal can rot in the hottest part of hell.

  10. Ametia says:

    “Willie E.” Gary… something tells me that you don’t fuck with anyone named “Willie E.’ LOL

  11. Ametia says:

    Come out, come out, wherever you are, Angela Corey, John Guy, Bernie D, and Judge Nelson!

    Where’s that video of Corey’s post-trial presser with Guy And Bernie D?

    I want to smack somebody, RIGHT NOW.

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